Massachusetts road deaths climb to highest level in years


Police say the victim, identified as Thomas Arrington of Alaska, had arrived in Massachusetts earlier on Friday morning for vacation. (Getty Images)

BOSTON (AP) — The number of people who died on Massachusetts roads last year climbed to 390, the Massachusetts Highway Safety division announced Monday, 63 more than last year and the most in a single year dating to 2009.

The preliminary number was released in a tweet by the office, which is part of the state the state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

“Speed, a decrease in seatbelt use, and more motorcycle fatalities are the main differences,” the agency wrote. “Please slow down, buckle up and look twice to save a life.”

The 2021 death toll was up from 327 in 2020, according to a chart included with the tweet.

The closest to last year’s 390 road deaths was the 364 the state experienced in 2012.

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